The growing “special diet” section in your local book shop is reassurance that you are a part of large and growing group of people whose digestive tracts are demanding that we reconsider our modern diet, medications, environmental toxins and stress levels. By offering a great selection of cook books, we endeavor to give families an idea of how fun and easy “special diets” can be.
Many dietary principles that help children with ADHD, asthma, allergies and autism also help individuals suffering from Coeliac, Colitis, Crohn’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, anxiety and depression.
Individuals dealing with metabolic and digestive disorders require special diets to avoid foods that trigger allergies or harm the digestive tract. There are a number of “elimination” diets that can help in this way. While elimination is sometimed necessary, in many instances certain foods can be reintroduced once the gastro intesinal tract has had time to heal.
In general we recommend an organic, fresh, wholefood diet with no/minimal refined flours and sugars and no processed foods, artificial additives, colourings or preservatives. And plenty of filtered water containing minerals is essential.
Below are descriptions for several terms you will come across in this page.
Nourishing Traditions/Weston A. Price
Weston A. Price, a US dentist researching in the 1930s, travelled the world and concluded that indigenous cultures enjoyed better health then those expoed to modern diet. He saw this first and foremost in the health of the teeth and bone structure that served as a mirror for internal health.
The foods that supported good heatlh in all races, across all continents and climates were; natural, organic, unrefined, fermented, meat with fat, organ meats, whole milk (unpasteurised), fish, insects, bone broth, whole grains, insects, tubers, vegetables and fruit (in moderation). Price also presents a case for slow-cooking, eating a range of foods daily and rotating foods seasonally.
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon reviews Price’s work and debunks several key pervasive dietary practices (animal fat leads to high blood choleterol, canola oil is good, pasturising dairy is good) with a scientific review of faulty research that has lead us to fear animal and saturated fat in our diet. Fallon maintains that these fats are essential for nutrient transport and to support the nervous system.
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